Egg Spots?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Friends.NotFood., Apr 23, 2018.

  1. Friends.NotFood.Valued MemberMember

    what do egg spots mean on a cichlid? I have 6 Africans and they all-specifically have 1 or 2 yellow spots on their anal fins

  2. CanadianFishFanWell Known MemberMember

    that means ick

  3. Friends.NotFood.Valued MemberMember

    No it’s not ick, it’s part of their coloration. I’m asking like, does it mean they’re males or female?
  4. CanadianFishFanWell Known MemberMember

    oh sorry, thought you meant more like a betta egg spot. then i dont know sorry
  5. Friends.NotFood.Valued MemberMember

    NO prob
  6. AquaticJFishlore VIPMember

    Males have the egg spots. So you have 6 males.
  7. Friends.NotFood.Valued MemberMember

    I guess I should hurry up and get some females.
  8. AquaticJFishlore VIPMember

    What size is your tank?
  9. DemeterFishlore VIPMember

    This is actually a huge misconception. While most males do indeed have egg spots, many females do as well. Egg spots are used mainly to entice the females to go near the male's vent and pick up the "eggs". The eggs gathered in the females mouth then end up in close proximity to the male's milt, fertilizing the eggs. I have females with a few dull egg spots on their anal fins, they are for sure females too. A male's eggs spots will be vibrant while a female's are small and not so flashy.

    So basically what I'm saying is you cannot sex an African cichlid on the absence or presence of egg spots alone. Heck I've got males that haven't a single egg spot on them when their sisters have 2-3.
  10. AquaticJFishlore VIPMember

    Well thank you for the info, I had often suspected that this couldn't always be true. Especially because many captive bread fish are modified to look more enticing to people.
  11. Friends.NotFood.Valued MemberMember

    I’ve read that too. I guess I just assumed male. I know for sure my OB is male. Now that I think about it, my auratus is female because she’s yellow and I know only juveniles and females are yellow. Cool. Thanks

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